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Charles Watts Flynn III ’41

Published in Oct. 5, 2005, issue

Pete died Sept. 25, 2004, of lung cancer at his home in Dallas.

A fourth-generation Dallasite who entered Princeton from The Hill School, he majored in English and joined Cottage Club. He roomed with his lifelong friend, Royal Ferris, all four years.

During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the carrier USS Bunker Hill, participating in all major Pacific engagements from December 1943 to May 1945, and surviving its near-sinking off Okinawa from a Kamikaze attack. Awarded a fleet commander's letter of commendation, a presidential unit citation, and eight battle stars, he retired as a lieutenant senior grade.

After the war, he joined the real estate development firm of Ballard Burgher and Co., serving as president for 30 years. He was a devout Episcopalian who served on the vestry and as a senior warden of his church.

A gentleman of the "old school" with a dry wit, he loved good books and European travel. Above all, he enjoyed time spent with his beloved wife of 55 years, Joan Burgher Flynn, and their family.

Joan died July 4, 2005. Pete is survived by his son, C.W. "Peter" Flynn IV '73; a daughter, Cynthia Guill; and two grandchildren, Elinor and Peter Flynn.

The Class of 1941

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